BARAGA, MI – Frederick “Fred” Dakota, age 84, of Baraga, Michigan, passed away at his home in Baraga, on Monday, September 13, 2021. He was born in Zeba, MI on June 10, 1937, the son of the late Fred Cote and Rose Dakota. Fred attended L’Anse area schools. He was a member of Keweenaw Bay Indian Community. Fred served in the United States Marines for 6 years and was one of the first M60 machine gunners. He moved to Chicago for a while, then worked at Pettibone Corp. in Baraga and test drove machines off the line. He had to make a decision between working at Pettibone or the Tribe and he choose to work for the Tribe. Fred became Tribal Chairman in 1970 and served as Tribal Council President from 1970 until 1982 and 1990 until 1997. He was a Tribal Council member in 1968, 1969, 1984, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2016, 2017 and 2018. He started his own casino in Zeba, on New Year’s Eve, 1983, with a gaming license he got from the Tribe. One year later he built the Pines Bar and Casino in Baraga. After 16 months his casino closed and he was hired by Lac Vieux Desert Casino as manager. Fred is fondly remembered as the Father of Indian Casino Gaming. He enjoyed gardening, watching the Green Bay Packers, of which he was a part shareholder and patrolling “The Rez”.